Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Heartstrings Design Team: Red, White and Blue

My inspiration for my first design is all the young men and women who are graduating and leaving home for the first time. My brother, Dalton, just graduated from high school and is going to serve in the US Navy. I thought this stamp designed by Shelly and sold at My Heart Stamps For You says it best. Mothers Hold Their Children’s Hands for A While…Their Hearts Forever.

I made two gifts, one for my mom to keep and one for my mom to give to my brother when he leaves. In keeping with this week’s red, white, and blue theme, I decorated a picture frame to hold a keepsake picture of my brother’s high school graduation. I used the stamp from My Heart Stamps For You as the main decoration. I colored in the word “Mothers” to emphasize the word, cut out and glued hearts around the rest of the frame, stitched around the hearts with a gel pen, and added an anchor I made using the Stand and Salute Cricut cartridge to represent the Navy.

The stamp repeats on the goodie bag tag as a way of reminding by brother that my mom will always love him as he goes off to serve his country. On his stamp the word “Children’s” is colored in to place the emphasis there. In addition, the tag has his ship date and a picture of the flag that was waving at his high school graduation. Even though all of this is done in red, white, and blue, it can be done in the color of any country.

My brother will really love getting this bag of treats from my mom as he leaves!
I am sure he will take off the tag and keep it with him:)

Be sure to check out the other Heartstrings Design team members' Red, White and Blue projects and enter your project for a chance to win this challenge! The challenge closes 6/30/10. You can check out their individual blogs or get additional information at Heartstrings Designs. If you purchase a stamp from our sponsor (My Heart Stamps For You) and mention the Heartstrings Design Team, the owner will send you a free stamp (of her choice).

Heartstrings Design Team

Thanks for being a part of this challenge:)


  1. Your frame and goodie back are wonderful, I am with you we need to honor those that have made accomplishments in their lives.

  2. Madison, fabulous job on your new creation. Certainly brought a few tears to my eyes. Your card creates expressions of love, pride, and sadness all at one time. Another outstanding job.

  3. Madison, I love that you created unique gifts. They are perfect for the occasion. Those cookies look really yummy. LOVE IT ALL!

  4. Madison, like I said before when I first saw these..the sentiment made me a little teary. Such a great job!

  5. I absolutely LOVE this! The sentiment totally rocks! I love how you paid attention to every detail and it all went together perfectly :)

  6. I chocked up as I read your message behing your creation... I still remember my daughter leaving to serve in the Air Force a few years ago... and I have Coast Guard and Marine nephews...
    I really love the attention to detail you placed on your creation. You are inspiring me to create goodie bag or bags... my Marine nephew is leaving for Afganistan in less than a month! Thanks for the inspiration!!!!!!!!



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